Where to Buy Windows 7 Cheap – Students Only

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 October 2009 11:52 Written by admin Thursday, 29 October 2009 11:51

Provided you’re an eligible student (your student email address will be a decisive factor in this matter), Microsoft has lined up various Windows 7 discount deals in certain markets worldwide. I though I’d save you the trouble of searching for the Windows 7 special student offerings and included some links below:

- Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional $49.95 for Australian university and TAFE students Australia;

- Save up to 84% on Windows 7 Upgrade Home Premium and Professional now for only $39.99. Canada, English and Canada, French;

- Offre limitée à un exemplaire de l’Edition Familial Premium de Windows 7 par étudiant (mise à jour et version non complète) valable jusqu’au 3 janvier 2010 – France;

- Windows 7 Home Premium-Upgradeangebot für Studenten 35 € (UVP) – Germany;

- Korea

- Oferta de actualización a Windows 7 para estudiantes Ahorra 90% del precio regular Mexico;

- For a limited time, eligible college students can get the sweetest deal on Windows 7 – for only $29.99 USD. That’s less than most of your textbooks! Hurry — offer ends January 3, 2010 at 12:00 am CST. United States and United States;

- Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional for UK students £30 - United Kingdom.


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No, OEM Windows 7 Licenses Cannot Be Transferred to Another PC

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 01:31 Written by Mire_B Wednesday, 28 October 2009 01:31

I’ve seen an increase on the volume of questions related to Windows 7 OEM limitations. The price of Windows 7 retail licenses is a contributing factor to customers choosing the much cheaper versions of the OS offered for original equipment manufacturers and systems builders, but also sold at retail. The outlets that are selling Windows 7 OEM to customers at OEM-level prices are not that hard to find, and especially the online shops are just a search away. The smaller price of Windows 7 OEM licenses comes however with limitations as far as the rights of the end users go. I have explained the Windows 7 OEM EULA (end user license agreement) here, but thought you’d like to hear it directly from Microsoft:

Bottom line is, no, OEM Microsoft Windows licenses do not have any transfer rights and live and die on the original computer they are shipped with and installed on, period. As you can see, the OEM Windows license is “locked” to the original PC it comes with and cannot be transferred to any other PC. The new PC would require a full Windows license, not an upgrade license in order to be licensed to run Microsoft Windows.


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Platform Update for Windows Vista Technologies KB 971644 – updated technologies for Windows Vista SP2 from Windows 7 RTM

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 01:18 Written by Mire_B Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:29

Windows Vista will receive bits and pieces of Windows 7 via Windows Update (Automatic Updates), Windows Server Update Services and the Microsoft Download Center. But only is Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Vista is already in place. I already told you about the Platform Update for Windows Vista – Beta Download Script (KB971644) a while back. Now the Platform Update for Windows Vista KB 971644 is done and heading to Vista SP2 computers worldwide. The same is valid for the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Vista SP2 will be enhanced with collections Windows 7 RTM of runtime libraries. Vista SP2’s evolution toward Windows 7 involves: Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library; Windows Automation API; Windows Portable Devices Platform; Windows Ribbon and Animation Manager Library.

Update for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB971513) – The Windows Automation API library contains the latest version of the Microsoft User Interface Automation (UI Automation) and Microsoft Active Accessibility libraries that are provided in Windows 7.

Update for Windows Vista (KB971512) – The Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library contain the latest advancements in modern graphics technologies for gaming, multimedia, imaging and printing applications. It includes updates to DirectX, DirectCompute, and XPS Library.

Update for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB971512) – The Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library contain the latest advancements in modern graphics technologies for gaming, multimedia, imaging and printing applications. It includes updates to DirectX, DirectCompute, and XPS Library.

Update for Windows Vista (KB960362) – The Windows Ribbon and Animation Manager Library contains the Windows Ribbon API, a command framework that enables developers to quickly and easily create rich ribbon experiences in their applications, and the Windows Animation Manager API, an animation framework for managing the scheduling and execution of user interface element animations.

Update for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB960362) – The Windows Ribbon and Animation Manager Library contains the Windows Ribbon API, a command framework that enables developers to quickly and easily create rich ribbon experiences in their applications, and the Windows Animation Manager API, an animation framework for managing the scheduling and execution of user interface element animations.

Update for Windows Vista (KB971513) – The Windows Automation API library contains the latest version of the Microsoft User Interface Automation (UI Automation) and Microsoft Active Accessibility libraries that are provided in Windows 7.

From the Windows Team Blog:

We are announcing the final release of the Platform Update for Windows Vista. The Platform Update for Windows Vista features a set of runtime libraries which add support for new technologies making it easier for developers to develop for Windows 7 and Windows Vista without impacting their users.

The Platform Update for Windows Vista will be available for free via Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services and the Microsoft Download Center. You will need to have Windows Update “recommended settings” enabled in order to automatically receive the update without additional action.

These updates include the following:

  • Windows Ribbon and Animation Manager Library: contains the Windows Ribbon API, a command framework that enables developers to quickly and easily create rich ribbon experiences in their applications, and the Windows Animation Manager API, an animation framework for managing the scheduling and execution of user interface element animations.
  • Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library: components for developers to leverage the latest advancements in modern graphics technologies for gaming, multimedia, imaging and printing applications. It includes updates to DirectX to support hardware acceleration for 2D, 3D and text based scenarios; DirectCompute for hardware accelerated parallel computing scenarios; and XPS Library for document printing scenarios.
  • Windows Automation API: allows accessibility tools and test automations to access Windows user interface in a consistent way across operating system versions.
  • Windows Portable Devices Platform: supplies the infrastructure to standardize data transfers between an application and a portable device, such as a mobile phone, digital camera, or portable media player.

Note that the Windows Automation API will also be made available as a separate download for PCs running Windows XP.

For specific details about the Platform Update for Windows Vista as well as the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008, click here.

By making these libraries broadly available through the Platform Update for Windows Vista, we expect customers will find an increasing number of applications using new features in Windows 7.

From Microsoft Support:

The Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 and the Platform Update for Windows Vista are collections of runtime libraries that make it easy for developers to target a wider customer base.

Notes about the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008

* All the updated technologies in the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 are already included in Windows Server 2008 R2. The Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 is not required for Windows Server 2008 R2.

* To apply the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008, you must have Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 installed.

Notes about the Platform Update for Windows Vista

* All the updated technologies in the Platform Update for Windows Vista are already included in Windows 7. The Platform Update for Windows Vista is not required for Windows 7.

* To apply the Platform Update for Windows Vista, you must have Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installed.


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